"The deal, expected to close by October, involves the transfer
of 17.5 million shares of Caldera stock (28% of the company) to
SCO. In return, SCO gives up its operating system business to
Caldera, but retains its Tarantella middleware product line.
Caldera also announced it would begin offering a new Open Internet
Platform (OIP) product, which will combine Linux and Unix
technologies, along with the Linux and Unix services the two
"There are many startling facts in this story. The deal
automatically takes Linux start-up Caldera from second place in the
nascent Linux market to first place in the 30-year-old-plus Unix
market. According to Unix market share data from IDC, SCO held
37.2% of Unix license shipments last year, dwarfing industry giants
such as Sun, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. To think that Caldera is now
in that same league will probably take some getting used to by
"Most recently, there were reports that SCO had even been
working on a Linux distribution of its own. That project probably
won't see the light of day now, but any of the planned features
SCO had intended for the new Linux distribution - clustering, SMP
and remote server management improvements - will probably be
integrated into the next version of OpenLinux."
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